Melissa Etheridge — Jan. 6

Academy Award and Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge is known for her mixture of “confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals.” The performer’s mainstream breakthrough album, 1993’s Yes I Am, went six times platinum and is her largest seller to date. Etheridge has been an iconic gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993. She is also an advocate for environmental issues and in 2006, she toured the U.S. and Canada using a biodiesel-fueled vehicle. Her latest studio album is This Is M.E.

8 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison; $35 to $75; madisonorpheum.com